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    Hi All
    I need to paint the cladding upstairs and noticed some of the boards have rotted.
    I was wondering if it is possible to fill or bog up the holes with something rather than to try to replace the boards.

    Cheers
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    G'day JonnyD. Anything is possible but I suspect your first step is to get up there and have a really good look at just how much of the original timber is left. The area in the third picture looks to be the one that needs attention, so dig that one out first. Question: Are these boards actually made of timber? Many homes were fitted with an Asbestos based materials and you will not want to get involved with that at all.

    The timber will have to be completely dry before you do anything, sealing a damp timber may trap the moisture and rot the timber to the point it has to be replaced.

    When you have some idea of how big your problem is, have a chat with your local hardware outlet about what products are available that can be painted over with the type of filler or sealant you plan to use.

    PS. I have the cement based boards and damaged one board with a cricket ball. Sealed it up with some Sikaflex 11FC I had laying around, that was about 12 years ago, I had to look very close to find it, noticed the younger paint first.

    Good luck and fair winds.

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    Not quite sure what type of board they are but some of them look to be way beyond repair.

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    Those boards are gone, no point in attempting a repair.

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    Thanks for the replies.
    They are some kind of fibrous cement board. The extension was probably done in the early 80s so I would have to assume that there is the possibility of asbestos in them.

    Another question.
    The boards measure 200 mm wide by 10 mm thick.
    The closest I could find on the Hardies website is 230 mm x 7.5 mm.
    I can rip them down to 200 mm wide. Would the slightly narrower board present any problems?
    I only need to replace the bottom two rows. The rest are ok.
    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers

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    Have another look at the boards you suspect may need ripping down. Because most boards have an overlap at the top that tucks under the board above to prevent moisture from getting behind the boards, so you might not have to cut them at all. Also, note these boards use galvanised nails to prevent rusting. I hope this helps.
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    You want to fix the position of the downpipe, facing it towards the house has most likely caused the damage
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    Good idea Metrix.
    The gutters are on the to-do list too!

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    If they are rotten, they are not asbestos boards. At 9mm thick, I’d guess Masonite board is a possible - ie a weathertex product.

    either way they are shot, a replacement similar profile might just get away with it for a second storey job

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